Question for discussion

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Recently I have been studying the general subject of eschatology (the study of history from creation to consumation). We have been looking at the question of the significance of our works here on earth when we get to the new heavens and earth and reading Dr. Field's article Not the Least Lash Lost which addresses the issue. The summary question, as raised by Dr. Field, is this: 


"Does everything we do have eternal significance? Does all that we do – repetitive acts of service and culture-building activity no less than evangelism– last forever? Is history the “raw material” for eternity? And, if so, then on what basis and in what ways do we say this?


Is there eternal significance in picking up a piece of litter from the floor of the church building or in passing the salt down the table without being asked? Do acts of kindness such as brushing the hair of the old man or moisturizing the hand of the unconscious and dying woman last into the new heavens and new earth? Do deeds such as cooking steak, and spanking your child, and practising your scales on the piano, and learning your declensions and conjugations all get burned up and forgotten on judgment day or do they endure? Does the fact that the plates will get dirty again some time after we have washed them up or that the grass will need cutting again just a couple of weeks after we have mown it mean that these activities are temporary, passing, and, for that reason, of less value than other activities?"


The article is hugely worth a read being clear, concise, well written and easy to understand. Passages of scriptures worth considering are: Revelation 11:15, Revelation 14:13 and Revelation 21: 23-26.


What do you all think? Please post you comments and thoughts below. 
By Thomas van den Broek

2 comments:

  1. After reading Revelation 14:13 & Revelations 21:23-26, it certainly seems from the text that all that we do here on earth, whether it's as simple as washing the dishes or tidying up, is stored as 'treasure in heaven' for we are told that the works of the saints follow them (Rev 14:13). 1 Corinthians 10:31 says, "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." If we do all that we do to the glory of God, whether it's as small as comforting those who mourn or giving a glass of water in His name, we are doing it for Christ's glory, and therefore none of it will pale into insignificance or contain less value than that of something which may seem greater in our eyes. Jesus Himself tells us in Mark 9:41, "For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because you belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose His reward." I think that's marvellous! No matter what we do, as long as we do it in His Name, it does not go unnoticed, even if we think it's small and insignificant!

    Yes, what we do in our everyday lives does count, for if we do all unto Christ and for His glory, we are storing up treasure in Heaven, where moth and rust does not corrupt, nor thieves break in and steal (Matt. 6:20).

    Consider the widow's mite. She gave very little in comparison to others, but it was all she had, which Christ said was more than everyone else had given. She was laying up treasure in Heaven. It was very little, but because she gave all she could unto God, she was more blessed than those who liked to show off giving tremendous sums, and her little mite was more than they ever gave. Her little act of service for God, will be accounted unto her for righteousness, and she will be rewarded for it in Heaven!

    "And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it to the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto Me" (Matt. 25:40).

    May all that we do be to the glory of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ!

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  2. Wow, what an interesting summary question you've included. Although I think there's a danger that we can analyse what we are doing so much that we actually neglect the doing, I don't think this kind of subject is talked about enough amongst Christians - maybe because it's too challenging, it's too uncomfortable ... after all, the answer might change how we should be living our lives!

    My conviction is an ovewhelming yes, I believe every single action on earth has an eternal effect. I think, though, that how you look at this depends on how you look at your life and God's interaction with mankind. If you believe that every single moment of your day is important to God and should be a living prayer, you are already looking to what is glorifying to Him. Whereas if you take the attitude that we are supposed to have a Quiet Time every morning and consult God about the big issues, such as career, moving house and getting married, this isn't even going to make sense!

    I believe that we are supposed to be wanting - and are created to have - a pulsating, tangibly exciting relationship with our God; and when we do (or are on the way to having, since we're all on a journey and the best is yet to come, 1 Cor 13:10+12), we'll see a dramatic - even radical! - change in what is important and how we prioritise.

    This is a really inspirational blog post I read today: http://www.rachelstarrthomson.com/2011/06/too-heavenly-minded-2/

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